A jeep roars up to the farmhouse in the Negev desert in southern Israel and Doron – a tough-looking man with a shaved head – jumps out, his gun blazing. The camera pans back as the director shouts “Cut!”
I am on the set of Fauda, the Israeli television thriller that portrays the murky world of Israeli undercover army units and Palestinian militants during the Second Intifada (Palestinian uprising against Israeli occupation).
It shows not just the violence but the moral dilemmas too and has been a hit not only in Israel but surprisingly in Arab countries as well, and globally on Netflix.
Lior Raz, the actor who plays Doron, and journalist Avi Issacharoff, an Arab affairs specialist, created Fauda, or “chaos” in Arabic.